Following a ten-play drive that resulted in a touchdown by Cincinnati to start the game, the Packers relinquished a gift on the ensuing kickoff. A fumble set the Bengals up at the Packers’ two yard line, and the Law Firm pounded it in on first and goal. Cincinnati scored 14 points in 12 seconds.
However, the Bengals must have been feeling generous, because they repeatedly gave the ball back to the Packers, allowing them to crawl back into the game in the second quarter via four first half turnovers on drives by the Bengals.
The second half saw Green Bay get off to a solid start, grabbing a 30-16 lead in the third quarter. However, the second half also saw another three turnovers by the Packers.
As one of the announcers said near game’s end, the Bengals win, but it certainly wasn’t pretty. Then again, it the Packers had won, if wouldn’t have been pretty for them either.
Andy Dalton finished 20-for-28, with 235 yards and two touchdowns. He also threw an interception and fumbled in the first half.
But it was the defense that told the story of the game. For the home team, Cincinnati’s defense not only forced four total turnovers and batted down numerous balls on pass plays, but did something that hasn’t been done in quite a long time.
They shut down Aaron Rodgers, holding him to under 300 yards passing to continue the impressive streak that the Bengals have going on defense. Make that seventeen straight games of accomplishing that feat.
That’s a pretty friendly statistic if you’re a Bengals fan. You know what’s another friendly stat?
Taking a 2-1 record into Cleveland next week.